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NU Listserv Application Form

This form is used when requesting a new electronic mailing list. To subscribe to an existing mailing list, see How do I subscribe to a list.

Users who are requesting a list that will be used only by faculty and staff should consider requesting a Public Groups/Distribution Lists for Collaboration Services.

Before submitting the NU Listserv Application Form, it is recommended that you determine if the requested list is already established. The approval process may be delayed if a duplicate list is requested. Follow these steps to generate a listing of all visible lists:

  1. Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.it.northwestern.edu without any subject line.
  2. Type the following command in the message:

    LISTS

Once the NU Listserv Application is submitted, please allow up to two business days for the request to be processed. You will receive an e-mail once the list has been approved. To request the status of your applications, please contact consultant@northwestern.edu.

For more information, see the Listserv Owner Manual PDF, Listserv Subscriber Manual PDF, Listserv Technical Support, and ListservPolicy Web pages.


Requestor Information

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List Information

Requested List Name: (required)
The requested list name will be part of the e-mail address that is used to send messages to the list. For example, if "asb" is the requested list name, the e-mail address for the list will be asb@listserv.it.northwestern.edu. The requested list name must be between three and sixteen characters and cannot include spaces. The only permitted punctuation marks are hyphens (-) and underscores (_).

List Title: (required)
The list title is a more descriptive name for your list that will appear in the Web console and in reports showing visible list names. The list title has a maximum of 60 characters and can include spaces and punctuation.

List Description: (required)
The list description is text that provides a brief summary of the list. This description is available to anyone who retrieves the public portions of the list header through a "REVIEW listname" command. The list description is displayed on the list's home page and archive index.

List Owners:
At least one list owner is required. You may specify up to three additional owners in the initial application or, add them at a later date in the Web Console or by e-mail after your requested list has been approved. Be careful to enter only valid e-mail addresses. Note: If you wish to be a list owner, you will need to include yourself in the owner list below. Only owners with valid NetID's will be able to access the web interface to perform owner functions. The e-mail address of the owner should also match what is listed in the on-line directory. For example, WillieWildcat2013@u.northwestern.edu should be used and not an alias account like wildcat@u.northwestern.edu.
Valid Email Address

List Settings

List settings must be specified when your list is requested. You may modify these settings or set additional options in the Web Console or by e-mail after your requested list has been approved.

  1. Confidential:

    The confidential setting controls whether the name of your list will be displayed in the Web console and on reports. If confidential is set to "Yes", the list will only be visible to the list owners.


  2. Send:

    This setting defines the categories of users who can send mail to the list. The default value is "Public". If "Editor" is selected, only an owner of the list or a moderator can send mail to the list. Messages sent to the list from others will only be distributed if approved by a list owner or a list moderator. You can designate moderators or additional editors for your list in the Web Console after the list has been created.



  3. Sent Message Acknowledgement:

    When a message is sent to the list, the sender can receive a copy of the message or an acknowledgement that the message was delivered. This option can be turned off after the list is created using the Web Console.


  4. Reply-To:

    This setting controls how replies are handled. Select "List" if you want to promote open group discussion with all list members. NOTE: If selecting this option it is important to inform your list participants that replies to the e-mail will be seen by all other list members.


  5. Subscription Requests:

    This setting defines whether new users are allowed to subscribe to the list, and whether their subscription requests are to be forwarded to the list owner. Select the "Closed" option if you wish to create and manage the list of subscribers.



  6. Subscriber Review:

    This setting is used to control who may review the names and e-mail addresses of the subscribers to your list.



Last Updated: 30 January 2017

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